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FRISCO, TEXAS

Collin County/ Denton County, North Central Texas

Hwy 289 and FM 720
12 miles N of Dallas
10 miles W of McKinney

Population: 127,036 (2010) 33,714 (2000) 6,138 (1990)

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History in a Pecan Shell

Frisco had formerly been named after the landowner of the townsite - Francis Emerson. When the town was granted a post office in 1902, it was renamed to avoid confusion with Emberson, Texas in Lamar County. The town voted to name their city after the railroad that served them.

The St. Louis, San Francisco and Texas Railway was popularly named the "Frisco Line" - their slogan "Ship it on the Frisco" was seen by impatient and irritated drivers everywhere. The town became Frisco City - later shortened to Frisco.

Frisco became a shipping point and kept a respectable degree of autonomy all through the 20th century. In 1960 there were less than 1,200 residents, and even by 1980 it had only increased to 3,500. Today the population has increased to 127,036 people.

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Frisco Today

Photographer's Note:
Frisco is an amazing place. Fifteen years ago I rode a bike through here 3-4 times a week and could traverse the built up section of town in less than 5 minutes. Now the town stretches north to south along 289 for 5-7 miles.

I took pictures of the old downtown section and the central fire station. Had anyone told me I could be impressed by a fire station I would have thought they were nuts, until I saw this one. For a realistic view of town you need pictures of the massive mall and high volume of new construction. I'd guess that 95% + of the town was constructed in the last 10 years or so. Wiki quotes a pop. number of around 95k. Frisco and Little Elm are two of the fastest growing cities in Texas. Frisco is also one of the wealthiest along with adjoining Plano. It also calls Collin County the wealthiest county in Texas. In '72 when I moved there, the population of Collin County couldn't have been much over 50k. I see numbers of upwards of 750k now.

Frisco, McKinney, and Plano appear to have gone to a lot of trouble to preserve what was left of their old small town business districts, and in Plano and Frisco have required new construction to be of a style that it's almost difficult to tell the old from the new. Knowing what these towns looked like 35-40 years ago, and seeing them now as they change, it's almost like visiting a new town on the infrequent times I go there. - Mike Price, November 14, 2007

Frisco Landmarks & Attractions

Frisco, TX - Lebanon Baptist Church
Photo courtesy David Cole, July 2015
Lebanon Baptist Church
Frisco TX - Crozier-Sickles House
Photo courtesy David Cole, July 2015
Crozier-Sickles House
Frisco Texas city hall
Frisco City Hall
Photo courtesy Mike Price, 2007
 McIntire-Montgomery Building, Frisco Texas
The McIntire-Montgomery Building
Photo courtesy Mike Price, 2007
 McIntire-Montgomery Building plaque, Frisco Texas
The McIntire-Montgomery Building plaque
Photo courtesy Mike Price, 2007
Frisco Texas firemen on the roof
Firemen
Photo courtesy Mike Price, 2007
Frisco Texas fire station
The Fire Station
Photo courtesy Mike Price, 2007
Frisco Texas water tower
Photo courtesy Mike Price, 2007
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